Class-12 exams: CBSE to take a call on new dates on June 1

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New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced on Friday that the modalities for the declaration of results for the cancelled Class-10 examinations will be finalised within a week. Also, the fresh dates for the Class-12 examinations would be decided on June 1.

A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday had decided to call off the Class-10 final examinations and also defer the Class-12 examinations taking into account the recent spurt in COVID-19 cases across the country.

"The results of Class 10 Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board," the Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal had announced on Tuesday.

There are reports that the internal assessment and practical exams would also be taken into account to decide the results. Those who are not satisfied with the current evaluation formula would be given an opportunity to take the exams once the Covid-19 threat declines.

“Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks allocated to him/her on this basis will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams,” Pokhriyal had said.

Decision on Class-12 examinations

Top officials of the CBSE told Manorama that appropriate decision on the Class-12 examinations would be taken after exploring different possibilities.

Last year the CBSE exams were held only partially owing to the COVID-19 lockdowns and the marks were decided on the basis of those secured in the exams that were already written by them.

This year Class-10 exams were to be held between May 4 and June 7 and the Class-12 exams were planned between May 4 and June 15 as per a revised CBSE schedule.

What happened last year

In the last academic year, the board exams were held only partially owing to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the imposition of lockdown in late March.

The exams for Class 10 and 12 had commenced in February as usual, but several papers that were initially postponed for July were not held as the pandemic situation remained grim.

The pending exams were cancelled in late June, but the results were declared on the basis of an alternate assessment scheme by which marks were awarded on basis of those scored by a student in his or her best performing subjects.

The scheme received the Supreme Court nod after a group of parents had approached it with a batch of pleas seeking relief, including the scrapping of remaining exams in view of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

The current scenario

A year later a similar situation exists in the country as the pandemic surges after a lull. The country has been registering a steady rise in the COVID-19 cases for a month, thus proving a second wave of the pandemic is on.

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